How to Make a Carport into a Storage Shed
You want to build your own storage shed. It may be because you’re handy and enjoy a project now and then. Or, it may be because the storage sheds you find online and on display at dealers can be so expensive.
While we understand the sticker shock that comes along with storage shed shopping, we did want to give you an idea that may work out better for you. It’s still possible for you to build a shed, but not exactly what you’re thinking.
Let’s start by clarifying: what is a storage shed? A storage shed is an enclosure where you can put some of your most precious belongings. Since this area is enclosed, you don’t have to worry about the weather damaging them. For example, rain won’t come down on the items, and rust them. Wind won’t send them flying across your yard. Snow won’t pile up on everything, which could lead to rust and broken parts.
The picture to the right is probably the first thing you think about when you picture a storage shed, right? Sure, this is cute and all, but do you really need to go through the expense, time and effort to build a storage shed like this one?
There’s an alternative to this type of storage – a carport.
Right now, you’re likely thinking that a carport will in no way help you achieve what you need. Just hang on for a moment – we can show you that it can do exactly what you need, and so much more.
How a Carport Trumps a Traditional Storage Shed
A carport can protect your belongings because it has a roof. As long as the items remain under the roof, rain, snow and even hail can’t damage them.
What about wind? While it’s true that wind can still be an issue IF you don’t enclose the carport, doing so isn’t difficult at all.
Enclosing a Carport
An enclosed carport is possible, which then functions just like a storage shed. This is the part where you are still technically building a storage shed. This way is easier, though. Simply use a canopy or tarp.
You can either purchase a canopy specifically made for a carport, or you can use a tarp, and make it work by customizing it.
All you have to do is purchase a tarp big enough for the carport. Drape it over the carport, and then secure it to the carport with bungee cords or ropes. Make sure to pull it tight to make it completely secure. What’s great about doing it this way is that you can then remove it when the storm passes, or when you want to use the carport for something else, which brings us to another great benefit of choosing this option.
Other Carport Uses
You can use a carport in many other ways than just as a storage shed. If you decide to have a backyard event and you need a covered area, you can simply remove the items under the carport and set up tables and chairs.
On hot summer days, you can shield yourself from the sun with the carport. Set up some chairs to relax and drink something cold. When you’re done, go ahead and put the vehicle or other items you had under it.
What you also have to consider about a carport vs. a storage shed is the room you will have with it. A storage shed is usually a small enclosure, so you will likely not be able to move around it easily. With a carport, you can work on your classic car, and have plenty of “elbow” room to get all around it.
So, as you’re searching for how to build a storage shed, consider a carport instead. It could well be the better choice in the long run. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you with your decision.